Windows 10 has a hidden video editor that is part of the Photos app and works much like Windows Movie Maker or Apple iMovie.
You can use it to crop your videos or create your own movies and presentations. You can even create videos automatically. Let's see what you can do with it, step by step.
How to cut, slow motion, take photos or draw in a video
To edit a video file, open it with the Photos application. You can do this in File Explorer by right-clicking on the video file and then selecting Open with> Photos (Open with> Photos)
The video will open and start playing normally even though the app is called Photos. To edit the video, click "Edit & Create" on the toolbar.
You will see a variety of video editing tools that you can use. Click on one of the tools to use it. For example, to cut a section from a video, click on "Trim" in the pop-up menu.
To use the Trim tool, simply drag the two white handles (dots) on the play bar to select the part of the video you want to hold. You can drag the blue pin icon to see what is playing at that moment in the video, or click the play button to play the selected video section.
When done, click "Save a Copy" to save a copy of the cut video. To stop editing without saving the changes, click “Cancel”.
Photos puts the edited video in the same folder as the original with a similar file name. For example, we edited a video named FILE001.mov and received a video file named FILE001Trim.mp4. Yes, you got it right, it only saves on mp4.
The other tools work similarly. The "Add Slo-mo" tool lets you select a slower speed and then apply it to a piece of video.
The "Save Photos" tool lets you select a snapshot of the video and save it as a photo. At the bottom of the window, you will see the arrow buttons “Previous frame” and “Next frame” that you can use to select a specific snapshot of a video file.
The "Draw" tool provides tools to draw on a video. You can use pen, pencil, calligraphy pen and eraser and choose your favorite colors. Everything you draw appears smoothly on the screen during the video - as if you were writing it at the time, and then disappears after a few seconds.
The options "Create a video with text" and "Add 3D effects" open the most advanced video editing environment, which we will cover below.
How to combine videos, add text and apply XNUMXD effects
To start creating a video, you can click on the tool "Create a video with text" or "Add 3D Effects". You can also click the "Add to a creation" button in the upper left corner with the video open, and then click "New video with music."
You can also start with a custom video by launching the Photos app from the Start and then clicking Create> Custom video with music on the app's home page.
The "Automatic video with music" option also lets you select your own photos or videos. The Photos app automatically combines them for you into a custom video.
You will be asked to add at least one video or photo to create a custom video. You can add photos to get a slide show or, if you want, combine photos with a video.
However, you can also add a video to edit it or more than one video to combine.
Whichever way you use to create a custom video, you will end up with a screen with a project library, a video preview, and a storyboard window.
To add one or more videos (or photos) to your project, drag them from the project library to the storyboard. Click "Add photos and video" in the project library to add more videos to the library. You can then drag them to the storyboard.
Add a video and you will see some editing tools in the Storyboard window. In addition to the basic Trim tool, you can resize a video with the "Resize" command, add optical filters with Filters, enter text with Text, apply motion effects with Motion , add 3D effects with XNUMXD Effects and adjust the volume with Volume.
Even if you just want to edit a single video, you can add that video here, use the various editing tools, and then export the video to a new file. Alternatively, if you want to combine videos, you can insert them into the storyboard and edit them together.
Editing tools are quite obvious. The "Trim" tool works just like the Trim tool we mentioned at the beginning of this article when editing a single video. The resize tool can remove the usual black bars from a video, a feature that is important if you combine many videos in a project with different aspect ratios.
The "Filters" tool offers a variety of filters, from Sepia to pixels.
The "Text" tool provides different animation styles and layouts that you can place in different places on the video.
The "Motion" tool lets you choose different camera movement styles for a video or photo.
The "Add 3D effects" tool offers a library of 3D effects that you can apply to video. It has many goodies, from autumn leaves and snowflakes to explosions, fires and lightning.
You can apply one or more 3D effects and each one has different options that you can use to customize it. Some 3D effects need to be placed on a part of the video screen, while others apply to the entire screen.
In the Storyboard window, you can click the speaker icon to select a volume level for each individual video. This is useful if you are combining multiple videos and one has a louder sound than the other.
The "Themes" option in the upper bar of the window allows you to select different themes. Themes are a combination of filters, music and text formats that all work together. You can first watch a preview video to understand what your video will look like.
To apply music to a video, click the "Music" button in the top bar. The Photos app includes some music options to choose from. You can also select "Your music" to import your own music file.
There is also a "16: 9 Landscape" button on the toolbar. You can use it to switch between different aspect ratios for your video.
When you're done, click "Export or Share" to export the edited video to a new file.
You can also click the "Add to cloud" button if you want to upload the video to the Microsoft cloud. You can then continue editing it with the Photos application from another computer to which you are logged in with the same Microsoft account. Your videos will appear in the "Video Projects" position when launching the "Photos" application.
The "Photos" application exports the video and informs you about where it is stored on your computer. Pay attention to the exact address so that you do not look for it later. It usually places it in the "Pictures \ Exported Videos" folder.
Although Photos is not the most powerful video editor you can run in Windows, it is amazingly capable, is included in all Windows 10 computers, and can do many of the basics in a fairly simple graphical environment. Try it next time you want to edit a video on a Windows computer.